Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Bread and a Blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all!

Each year on this day, I make Irish Soda Bread and wonder why I only make it but once a year.


Here is my recipe:

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbs. caraway seeds
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups raisins
1 1/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder. Add caraway seeds. Cut in butter and add raisins. Stir together buttermilk, egg and baking soda. Pour liquid into dry mixture. Stir together with fork, then knead with hands until dough is smooth. Shape into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet. Press down, slightly flattening the dough. Cut a 4-inch length and 1/4 inch deep cross on top. Brush top with milk or cream. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!


And now I must end with a classic Irish poem:


Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!



3 comments:

Chicken Boys said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
~Randy

diney said...

happy St. Patrick's Day - I'm going to try that recipe as it sounds delicious !

Beansieleigh said...

My gosh great minds with good tastes think alike!! Your soda bread recipe looks much like mine.. Delicious!!.. and our Irish blessings look much the same too! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! ~tina

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